ANZ waives transfer fees into Vanuatu

ANZ on Wednesday announced that it will waive fees for International Money Transfers into Vanuatu, as relief efforts continue following the devastation of Tropical Cyclone Pam. The fee waiver will apply to fund transfers made before 30 April 2015 by ANZ customers in 22 countries across Australasia, Asia and the Pacific*. ANZ last week announced…

ADB supports Vanuatu’s recovery effort

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is preparing initial assistance to support the government and people of Vanuatu after Tropical Cyclone Pam caused deaths and widespread damage across the South Pacific archipelago over the weekend, ADB President Takehiko Nakao announced yesterday. “I offer my deepest condolences to the people of Vanuatu for the…

Fijian government plans for Vanuatu assistance

FIJI LIVE – The Fijian Government is on standby to accommodate requests for assistance from the Vanuatu Government, says Minister for National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu. The Vanuatu Government has declared a state of emergency in Shefa province as it seeks to recover from the devastation caused by Tropical Cyclone Pam.  An appeal for global…

Catastrophe greets aid workers in Vanuatu

REUTERS – The first aid teams to reach Vanuatu reported widespread devastation on Sunday as authorities declared a state of emergency after a “monster” cyclone tore through the Pacific island nation. With winds of more than 300kmh, Cyclone Pam razed homes, smashed boats and washed away roads and bridges as it struck late on Friday…

Melanesian role for Indonesia in Pacific group

A PROPOSAL for the five Melanesian provinces of Indonesia to become a united member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) is well advanced. Under the proposal, those five provinces would represent the nation of Indonesia at the MSG. A three-day consultative meeting of the five provincial governors and the national government has just ended in…